Move More and Sit Less

On average, people in America are sitting over 10 hours each day. This may come as a surprise to some, however, those of you who work desk jobs or are students will agree that the time you spend sitting is a huge majority of your day. Not only do many of us sit while we work or study, but most, if not all of us, sit while we eat our meals, during our long commutes, and while watching television and unwinding from our stressful days. Chances are you’re also sitting while you’re reading this.

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Sitting requires little to no engagement of our muscles, especially our legs and glutes. By not regularly engaging these large muscle groups, they lose their strength and ability to support us, which can lead to injuries. Not only do our muscles become weaker, but being inactive for long periods of time put us at risk for:

  • Obesity

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

  • Backache

  • Dementia

  • Depression

Aside from affecting our health and well-being, sitting for long periods of time can aggravate or worsen preexisting conditions, such as arthritis and bulging or herniated discs. This is because sitting puts more pressure on the spine, which can increase back pain.

With sitting being such a huge part of our daily routines, it’s important to not be discouraged, but instead to act and do the most we can to counter its effects. When it comes to the risks associated with sitting, it’s not so much sitting that’s the problem, but rather sitting and being inactive for long periods of time. Here are some tips for finding a balance:

  • Take breaks. Set an alarm to remind you to get up at least once every hour to stretch or walk.

  • Drink more water. Not only is hydrating good for you, but you’ll also need to get up more frequently to use the restroom.

  • Pace. Utilize your earphones or headset and walk around while you’re talking on the phone instead of sitting.

  • Stretch. There are a multitude of stretches you can do while sitting to not only keep your muscles active, but also to alleviate any discomfort sitting may cause.

  • Exercise. Engaging your core is an easy exercise to do, and not only will it keep your abdominals working while sitting, but no one will even notice you’re doing it.

  • Walk. Park further away from your destination and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

It’s no secret that exercise is the best medicine not just for existing diseases or conditions, but also for preventing them. Although sitting isn’t something we can eliminate from our lives, it is something we can manage and find a balance with. Be aware of your daily activity schedule and make sure you’re including movement to counter the sedentarism according to your own lifestyle. As with any new lifestyle change, it’s important to not be discouraged by initial inconsistencies and instead be proud of your efforts and actions. After all, some change is better than no change.

Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine

What a Week it's Been!

This week has been crazy for us at Serenity. We recently launched our official website and are in the process of implementing several procedures, renovations, and new products.

While working on our SEO, we performed a quick Google search on our company and found out that someone had copied our studio name, pictures, descriptions, procedures, and even product names. Imagine how we felt when we saw this?

We've compiled an album with a few screenshots and picture proof to show the similarities  of us and the imitator which can be seen here: http://imgur.com/a/mmE73 and below:

We're flattered to have been copied nearly word for word, but believe customers deserve the right to know the business they're stepping into.

Serenity was created over 3 years ago, because the owners understood the need of the community for a place that offered quality massages at an affordable price. Being outsiders with a vision and a small budget to work with, the owners made the decision to do everything in-house and on their own. This included all the promotional materials (flyers, business cards, website), interior designing, sourcing, procedures, etc. All our therapists are certified, professionally trained, and experienced, and go through a rigorous process before joining our team. Our wintergreen menthol balm is custom made from a close family friend in Singapore. Our essential oils are handcrafted in-house, where we use only the best & purest essential oils (DoTERRA) and blend them with fractionated coconut oil.

When someone steals and copies our procedures, pictures, products, product names, and descriptions, it’s deeply upsetting. We encourage competition, as we believe it helps facilitate growth and gives the community choices, but when a business engages in unethical actions, that’s when we feel the need to speak out and expose this behavior. A business, especially in the healthcare and well-being industry, should be transparent with the community that it serves.

While we do plan on expanding to more locations, our one and only location currently is in West Covina. While we may not be the only ones named Serenity, we promise to continue offering only the highest levels of service that we were founded on, never comprising or taking shortcuts, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. Thanks for your continued support of Serenity, and we hope to see you soon.